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VARTA SUPPORTS PLAN INTERNATIONAL

VARTA will support the work of Plan International with a minimum donation of 25.000 €. The donation will help the project “Allin Mikuna” – Healthy nutrition for children in Peru to improve the nutrition of children, develop environmentally friendly business models and empower women economically.

Plan International began operating in Peru in 1994 and aims to have a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people. Plan International supports them to learn, lead, decide and thrive in to reduce poverty, gender inequality and exclusion. In Peru the enormous gap that exists between men and women is reflected in the high rates of sexual violence, high school drop-out rates for girls and in the high number of young pregnant women. Plan International works to end these inequalities so children are able to fulfill their potential.

“Allin Mikuna” is the title of the project in the region of Cuzco.
In local Quechua language it means “good nutrition”.

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“ALLIN MIKUNA” – HEALTHY NUTRITION FOR CHILDREN IN PERU
PROJECT REGION:
Province of Paucartambo, region of Cusco
PROJECT DURATION:
September 2018 – November 2021
OBJECTIVES:
  • improve the nutrition of children
  • develop environmentally friendly business models
  • empower women economically
MEASURES:
  • trainings for 600 families on healthy nutrition and ecological agriculture
  • business trainings for 280 women and 20 men and support in establishing micro-enterprises
  • trainings for 1,800 pupils on nutrition, environment issues and gender equality
BUDGET:
  • € 1,717,000
Peru

SITUATION

The first years in the life of a child are of crucial importance for his or her physical and mental development. In Peru, however, many children suffer from malnutrition. In the whole country 44 per cent of children aged one to three are affected by anaemia. In the province of Paucartambo, where we are implementing this project, this rate is even 66 per cent*.

The lack of nutritious food is aggravated by the climate change as ever more droughts and spells of cold weather occur. At the same time, families do not have enough knowledge and possibilities to cope with these challenges.

* System on the state of nutrition (Sistema de Información del Estado Nutricional, SIEN), 2017.

Peru

OUR OBJECTIVES

This project aims to improve the nutrition and health situation of children in four districts of the province of Paucartambo.

In order to reach this aim, we support 600 families with children under five years so that they can secure their livelihoods and nourish their children properly. Parents participate in trainings on ecological agriculture and healthy nutrition. Cultivating fruits and vegetables improves the health of the children.

CAMBODIA

At the same time, families can sell production surplus at local markets and help families improve their income. Especially women improve their knowledge in finance and entrepreneurship in trainings where they learn how to implement their own business ideas.

A total of 600 families with children under five benefit from the project activities, inlcuding pregnant women. 1,800 pupils from 20 schools participate in events on healthy nutrition and environmental protection. This project especially promotes women, as they are often responsible for family nutrition and still have fewer access to income generating activities.

Our Measures

PROMOTING HEALTHY NUTRITION

To improve the life conditions of about 600 families with children under five years, we accompany and support parents in household budgeting and in the cultivation of food. We focus on ecological agriculture and sustainable management of natural resources. In trainings on healthy nutrition, parents learn a lot about different nutrients and their meaning and what they have to consider when feeding infants. In our cooking sessions, they have the opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learnt. Other issues of the training are hygiene and clean drinking water, the importance of breast feeding and disease prevention.

In the trainings on nutrition, we use modern technologies, such as smart phones. The project has developed an app which offers information on healthy nutrition. This information is shared in the project communities through videos, posters, leaflets and audio materials. We train more than 200 community members - 80 per cent of whom are women - on health and nutrition. After these trainings, the participants regularly visit families to monitor the nutrition situation of children and pregnant women and to give health related advice to the parents.

EMPOWER WOMEN AS ENTREPRENEURS

Women in Peru have little possibilities to generate their own income. This is why we train 280 mothers and 20 fathers from project families in the field of entrepreneurship and support them to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly business models. During training sessions, they prepare business plans, calculate income and expenditure and learn about financing possibilities. The most promising business models subsequently receive start-up financing. Local experts on sustainable green economy and from academic institutions promoting innovative business ideas will also support these entrepreneurs. The incomes which the families generate in their enterprises will benefit the children, as the money can be invested in healthy nutrition and education.

INFLUENCING AND PARTICIPATION

In each of the 20 project communities, 90 secondary school pupils participate in events on healthy nutrition, gender equality and environmental protection. The trained girls and boys build groups and meet regularly to share experiences. Supported by their teachers, they develop innovative projects to improve nutrition and environmental protection at their schools and in their communities.

We especially encourage girls and young women to be active and to stand up for their rights. In trainings they strengthen their self-confidence and learn how to get involved in political decision-making processes. We also involve local government representatives and organisations in our project activities to achieve their commitment to implementing targeted measures to reduce malnutrition.

REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF PROJECT ACTIVITIES

All project partners meet on a regular basis during the whole project period. During these events, they discuss project progress, exchange lessons learnt and make the necessary adjustments in the implementation of the activities. There will be a mid-term and a final evaluation.

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